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Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Biology Foundations: 8 quarter hours required

Introductory Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required 

Introductory Activity Core: 6 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Introductory Activity Electives: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required 

Choose four of the following:

Physical Education Core: 18 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Advanced Courses:  36 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Open Electives: 18 quarter hours are required

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.  The following cannot be used to fulfill an open elective: WRD 98, MAT 94, MAT 95.

Student Teaching: 12 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures above.  EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.  All students also take PE 387 during the spring of the senior year (listed in the Liberal Studies section).  

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  Physical Education majors must complete the following tests: 
  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.    Test must be passed one quarter prior to Student Teaching.   *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Physical Education Content Area Test (test #144) – assesses knowledge of health-related physical fitness, movement and skill acquisition, the role of physical education in promoting development, and the physical education program in schools.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

Field Experiences

Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education / Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. The field experiences must include a variety of grade levels, multicultural experiences, and a minimum of 10 hours in special education settings.  All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching.  Field experience hours should be entered by the student into the FEDS system when completing courses with field experience requirements.  For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.


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